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Wow, I was just discussing Skiercross with a friend the other day... this wasn't the type of press I was hoping to hear.

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tragic

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Yeah, pretty sad. It really didn't look like much of a crash either. We've all had worse.

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Yeah, pretty sad. It really didn't look like much of a crash either. We've all had worse.



That was a forty footer straight into a fence at 40 mph, I haven't had worse than that.

 

Who the hell set that netting??? Why is it sticking out at a point like that, shouldn't there be a smoother curve vs a point creating a wall?

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That was a forty footer straight into a fence at 40 mph, I haven't had worse than that.

 

Who the hell set that netting??? Why is it sticking out at a point like that, shouldn't there be a smoother curve vs a point creating a wall?



He crashed at an oblique angle into it, but then got caught up and also looks like he took quite an impact into the snow itself.  If you look at what the netting is set in front of, the right angle at the end of the netting doesn't seem that odd, plus if the netting had been placed so that there was no angle there I'm not sure there would have been a different result.

 

I think in the wake of tragic events like this, it's easy to let emotions get injected into what should be a sober examination of whether there's anything that could be changed to help avoid the same result next time.  He had already missed the trannie, e.g., and I have no idea what the snow was like where he landed, but it is reasonable to assume pretty firm.  One of the contributing factors here was the line all three skiers were taking at the end -- he was off only very slightly from the other two.  Looking at it, I can see several variables at work, and I don't think the person who set the netting needs to have anything pointed at him blame-wise.

 

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 It sad when someone dies & I will most likely get a lot of hate replies by the following but my goal is to promote safer skiing for everyone by the following statements

 

 Think about it ski cross is not the safest way to ski & sets a bad example that small kids or even adults who will often try it by racing down the hill & cutting each other off. Putting others in danger as well as themselves

 

 I try to do the oppossite & I hope other skiers do as well by skiing where the slopes are not crowded, not going as fast as I can & not trying to cut anyone off.

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 It sad when someone dies & I will most likely get a lot of hate replies by the following but my goal is to promote safer skiing for everyone by the following statements

 

 Think about it ski cross is not the safest way to ski & sets a bad example that small kids or even adults who will often try it by racing down the hill & cutting each other off. Putting others in danger as well as themselves

 

 I try to do the oppossite & I hope other skiers do as well by skiing where the slopes are not crowded, not going as fast as I can & not trying to cut anyone off.



Well to be fair watching ski videos of guys dropping 5's off 60 footers doesn't 'promote' safety either. Coverage of any sport doesn't necessarily encourage you to go out and replicate it. Any extreme sport has its risks and you consent to those when you put your boots on and click into your skis.

 

Still, its sad to hear of all the deaths lately. Its always a possibility in the sport, and its never good news to hear of the few that paid the ultimate price for their passion. 

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